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>> sandals. >> that's what they're looking for on vacation. >> coming up at 5:00 a.m. take us with you. download the news 4 app on your apple device. breaking news in new jersey. an officer happens upon a robbery and opens fire on the suspects. plus, a marine attacked on veterans' day. the suspect, a group of men in military fatigues. apple is testing out something. it could mean the end of your wallet. "today in new york" starts now. still have to pay, though. >> you got that right. on many levels. good morning everybody. 5:00 a.m. on this thursday, november 12th. i'm michael gargiulo. i'm darlene rodriguez. chris cimino has the forecast. >> good morning, guys. waiting on a little bit of rain activity to the he's of us. big storm in the great lakes and the trailing cold front. you can know what's happening as
the rain gets closer and weakening in coverage. we have a warm front, the light moisture. we may get a shower, sprinkle, drizzle in spots early on this morning. the main emphasis for the showers is this afternoon. plan on taking the umbrella with you. you won't need it all of the time. 56 by noon with a few showers, couple of leftover drops by evening and a high today of 59 degrees. 5:01 straight up. let's find out about the commute. >> thanks, chris. no major problems on the roads at 5:01. a live hook at the brooklyn bridge where we have ongoing roadwork. the manhattan bound side of the span is closed down. here's a live look at the connecticut turnpike out by the darien service plaza. smooth sailing here. no roadwork getting in your way. more weather and traffic on the 4s. lauren, thank you. now to breaking news in new jersey. a police officer shot a robbery suspect there. the officer walked in on the crime that was in progress at a gas station. this is the intersection of washington and court streets. "today in new york's" tracie
strahan is on the scene. tracie, what are police saying at this point. >> the prosecutor's office tells us that that veteran newark police officer wasn't on patrol but simply coming into this 24-hour sunoco at 12:45 this morning. he walked in on two men demanding cash from workers. one had a gun. we'll show you video. they roped off the whole area trying to investigate what happened here. according to the essex county prosecutor's office, one suspect in critical condition with a gunshot wound. he was shot by that veteran police officer who came inside and interrupted this robbery in process. the workers inside said that suspect pointed a gun at them abdomen demanded cash. when he said there was no money in the rental register, he jumped over-the-counter. then things took a turn. >> pointed to the safe. i don't have the safe key. so he said if i i don't have the
safe key. i'll have to deal with you. i said i don't have it. only my boss have it. after that the other guy told him the police officer is coming. so he jumped here. i heard -- that's what i heard. >> reporter: now, again, those two men in connection to this robbery in custody at this hour. the one man shot by the police officer in critical condition at university hospital. michael, if you can believe it, those workers say they were hit by robbers on halloween. they don't believe it was the same two men. but right now, that gas station is open for business. back to you. >> despite all that's happened there. tracie, thanks so much. want to update you on breaking news from iraq. american forces are providing air cover for an important anti-isis offensive. kurdish fighters are trying to retake the critical town of sinjar. we're seeing new video of the peshmerga soldiers firing rockets and advancing on the ground. the americans are providing air
strikes. sinjar fell to sigh sis 15 months ago. it's used by isis as a critical supply route to militants in iraq. this morning, the demolition process is going to continue on the site of that deadly house explosion in new jersey. security video captured the blast nnd blew the roof off a duplex in elizabeth. you can see the debris fly into the air. the explosion killed a 24-year-old man, injured more than a dozen others, including an 11-year-old child. >> from there, it came a lot of -- very scary. >> i didn't know what happened. i didn't know until i came up what happened. i thought a plane crashed or something. i don't know. >> shawn: city officials determined it was a natural gas explosion. but just what caused the buildup of gas is still a mystery. three other homes were demolished and need to be demolished demolished. families are getting help from the red cross. you see how sudden this was and just what a dangerous situation
it was. rescues were going on as we were reporting yesterday for a considerable amount of time. >> they were. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. start in with chris cimino. good morning. >> good morning guys. we're going to be dealing with a little on and off rain. this is day three of more clouds than anything else. tuesday was the soggiest day. yesterday lot of clouds or little rain. today down the middle. plenty of clouds -- most temperatures in the 40s around 50. mist or fog ahead a warm front. afternoon showers come on through to early evening. leftover showers are possible. the wind ramps up especially tonight and tomorrow. >> 52 degrees in the city. low cloud cover as we work our way through the day. better chance of seeing more showers. that's where we hit the high for today. upper 50s. a change to chillier or windy weather. let's get over to lauren and find out about the commute. >> the commute is looking good. a couple of bus detours. the m 4.
m 104 and 102. on the rails, everything running on the regular route and schedule. no delays or service changes. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more on the 4s. it's 5:05. happening today, a man who allegedly stole a greyhound bus out of bus terminal on the west side will face a judge. police say they found darius mccollum driving the empty bus yesterday. mccollum showed them a fake police badge. police say he's been arrested 29 times for posing as a transit worker to steal buses and trains. he allegedly told officers his next move was to steal a plane. right now, police are looking for a group of men wearing military fatigues accused in an attack on a marine. all this happened on veterans' day and katherine creag is on the east side where this happened. kat? >> reporter: in the end, michael, a marine was slashed. he was attacked right here just a few feet from where i'm standing. police were all over this area.
inside the bar that's known as turtle bay. outside on the sidewalk as well. only about 7:45 in the evening when the 35-year-old marine was with a group of friends and an argument began with another group of men. police believe they're members of the military. we're told the marine told him he thought it was wrong they were drinking while in uniform. the fight moved outside on to second avenue. the marine was slashed with a knife in the back near his shoulder. the men in army fatigues took off running. according to the nypd, and a witness said this. >> it happened so quickly. when you opened up the window, you could see the cops and then ambulance coming around and them taking the guy that got stabbed in the back. >> reporter: and at this point, police are still trying to put together a better description of the suspect. the people he was with and also, michael, the marine remains in bellevue hospital. we're told he's recovering at the hospital. he might even be released later
>> kat, we should point out they're not sure whether the attackers were military personnel or just people wearing military fatigues. >> reporter: they were wearing fatigues and they have a belief they were military members, michael. >> thank you very much. today, families who lost loved ones will mark 14 years since the flight 587 tragedy. they'll attend memorial services in the rockaways. that's where 265 people were killed. a jet bound for the dominican republic went down in flames minutes after taking off from kennedy airport. the service was overshadowed by mayor de blasio's late arrival. the mayor is scheduled to attend this morning. we'll be there and update you on news 4 at noon. 5:08 right now. president obama is going to award a former college track star with america's highest military honor. his former army captain, he will receive the medal of honor. he used his skill as a sprinter,
college sprinter to sprint towards a terrorist in afghanistan and tackle him. captain grover took the brunt of the explosion intended for nearby american officials. his leg was so badly damaged that this former sprinter may never run again. 5:08 right now. if walmart is on your black friday shopping list, you won't need to camp out to get the deals. the retail giant plans to offer most of the same black friday door buster deals online and in stores. that will give online shoppers an early jump on the sales. most of the online deals will begin on thanksgiving day at 3:00 a.m. and at 6:00 a.m. in stores. according to the "wall street journal," apple is talking with u.s. banks to develop a mobile person to person payment service. it could reportedly launch next year. the journal says jpmorgan chase, capital one and wells fargo are among the banks apple is in talks with about this service. >> changing the way we pay for things. >> they want you to make it as easy as possible to get that payment.
all right. ahead at 5:09. big news keeping subway riders connected in the bropgs. a record breaker. how much a billionaire paid for this. blue diamond. hitting us right now. don't look. >> chopper 4 targeted by a dangerous laser. new this morning, police name the suspect that we helped them find. plus, your weather and traffic on the 4s coming up.
uts 5:13. here are four things to know this morning. breaking news in newark. a police officer interrupts a robbery in pr ress. hege opened fire hitting one suspect, a second is also in custody. >> nasa is going to offer their take on what carbon er ssions are doing to the earth. the briefin will present new findings from nasa's first space mission, specifically to measure carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere. >> the government issued a
recall for niece boys' winter ajacke s. made by richie house and they're sold on delily.com. the draw strings can become entangled. the majority in the bronx, the rest in manhattan and the mta says they helped to bring the service to all the subway stations in the next two years. so you can stay connected on the 5 train. that's right. on the 5 or th 2 or the 6. it's 5:14 right now. lelmt's check in on chris. goo t to stay connected. >> got to stay connected. on the ground, aboveground. you know how it works. aboveground today, you want the umbrella. we will see raindrops from time to time. another round of showers coming through the main entrances in the middle of the day. windy and then i will chilly weather on into the weekend. sunday looks like the better half. i think saturday kind of brisk. may not get out of 40s with a strong wind.
advisory through the high tide cycle. generally coastal areas. lower end of westchester county. into long island sound. also south facing shorelines at times of high tide. 2 feet above the normal high tide cycle. could be minor flooding there. mid and upper 40s through northwest new jersey. allamuchy is 48. the numbers aren't terribly chilly for this time of the year at this hour of the morning. the city one of the milder spots, 52. long branch is at 54 degrees up against the coast. big storm moving through the great lakes, but the trailing cold front will swing on through this afternoon. you see that finger of moisture here, there's a warm front forming. ma frot a mdening shower in here and a break in between. then the round of showers again probably toward the midday urs. future tracker shows through the early morning, a couple of light sh wowers through ad00a 9:00 a.m. leaning towards the north and west. there's a break in between then
another batch of showers through noon and 3:00 in the afternoon. then finally the front itself, that's back in this evening swinging on through. then it cleariks on out overnight. in much better shape tomorrow. seeing a good deal of sunshine. upper 50s. that's it for ayc hhgh today. mid to upper 50s north and west. ybe low 60s along the jersey shore. the south, southwest wind cranks to 20 mira head of the front. bills coming to the jets tonight. kickoff temperature about 52. could be breezy. the wind could play a factor. but the rain should be gone at that point. it's win windy as well out of thcre north and west. the wind stays busy friday night into saturday. saturday's high only 49. upper 50s on sunday. next week, w ming trend. sunshine, 61 monday, 63 tuesday. few more clouds wednesday with a high of 65. thursday morning commutes, how is it treating us so far, lauren. >> it's being preet i nice to us.
things are moving nicely. construction not causing delays. the l.i.e., here's what it looks like by exit 29. smooth sail here. long island in great shape. the grand central parkway by laguardia airport, looking the same there. we'll head over to new jersey. here's the new jersey turnpike by newark liberty airport. it's always pretty much moving while here. it's moving well in its entirety. then alternate side of the street parking rules in effect today. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. it is 5:17 right now. new this morning, police release the name of a man who aimed a hilkgh-powered laser right at chopper 4. "today in new york's" kerry barrett is in the newsroom with a video of the incident and the arrest. kerry? >> good morning, darlene. the 20-year-old from brooklyn haes been charged with two counts of reckless endangerment. as for what happened, listen to this. >> don't look at it.
he's getting lasered. just did it again. >> so dangerous. that was our chopper 4 evening reporter. dennis pros coe. he's 1500 feet in the air over broo yn and he was targeted by a laser. there was another news chopper targeted in a different part of the city. then the nypd chopper was targeted when they went out to investigate. so luckily, dennis was able to turn the cameras on chopper 4 and actually direct police to where the suspects were. a couple of them actually workers. it appears at a health food restaurant in prospect heights. he was over the scene when police arrested them too. >> you can actually see him st anding outside the building in the back with the laser in his hand shooting at us. >> a laser can easily temporarily blind a pilot. it actually happens pretty often. the faa says a laser was pointed at a cockpit of a spirit airlines flight. that was just monday night as it
there were more than 3800 incidents nationwide since last year with well more an 1 hurn of those happening in the tri-state area. the faa will continue to investigate. >> so dangerous. we're glad our guys in chopper 4 are safe. kerry, thank you. a california woman whose son lost his life in iraq was brought to tears by a veterans' day surprise. she was presented with the keys to a nissan cube. she was driving that car since her son was killed in 2011. she got in an accident and totaled the car. when the police officer responded to the crash realized just how much that car meant to her. he contacted the insurance company and they secretly had the car repaired. >> with a heavy heart, with great honor that you can have
your car back. [ applause ] >> i do feel him in it. >> the car needs a lot of work. needed $18,000 for repairs. this is fabulous. it was fixed up for free by workers at a local auto body shop. and they volunteered their time. what a great story. police officer really saw more than just a wrecked car. saw what it meant to her. >> when people pass away, the things that they had, they used and they loved, they mean something to you. that is a wonderful story. 5:20 right now. one collector's fortune is now on ice. >> he bid a record setting amount on a rare diamond. it is a 12 carat blue moon diamond. experts call the purity and color magical. it spun magic in geneva yesterday going for $48.5 million. we don't know the name of the hong kong collector who bought it. we do have a hint. he's renamed the diamond the blue moon of josephine.
josephine is a lucky young lady. >> josephine. that's going to be a good holiday season. >> 5:20 right now. just ahead, a holiday controversy at target over a sweater. then after outrage directed at starbucks, see the new holiday cup. now people are wondering if there's a coffee war brewing. follow the "today in new york" team on facebook and twitter.
welcome back. 52 degrees. it's thursday morning. looking at the belt parkway. target is going to continue to sell the new christmas sweater despite the backlash. take a look. it reads ocd. obsessive christmas disorder. some say it's trivializing the anxiety disorder obsessive compulsive disorder. it's been on sale in stores and online since last month. another controversy. the starbucks holiday cup controversy. that continues to brew. dunkin' donuts unveiling their own christmas-themed cup. it doesn't say merry christmas. it includes the word joy.
it has a breathe around it. holiday design being praised on social media. this comes after some criticized the red starbucks cup because it lacks a holiday greeting >> it's just red. you're supposed to know what they mean, i guess. >> all the greens. using the simpler basic. >> make everybody happy. >> can't make everybody happy with the weather. this one not making too many happy at all. a few more showers headed our way. >> 59? >> see? get a coffee, will you. look for a few showers this afternoon. little drizzle at times. especially west of the city. for the most part tonight, it starts to dry out. a stray shower north and west of the city. it turns partly cloudy but breezy. 49 the overnight low and down right windy tomorrow. we could see gusts approach 35 to 40 miles an hour. while it's going to dry out
after this, we get to a little bit of sunshine. windy, chillier weather settling on in. the leaves will be flying all over. >> lauren, you'll be out raking. >> right. >> that's how i work out. anyway, our first subway problem of the morning. signal problems, downtown q trains running on the n line from dekalb to stillwell avenue. here's the commuter checklist. metro-north. lirr, ny transit and path close to schedule. a nice morning commute so far. >> nice to hear that, lauren. the major announcement just ahead. that will impact hundreds of thousands of commuters. an international drama that will play out in a manhattan courtroom. why the relatives of a world leader are under arrest. >> reporter: i'm katherine creag live on manhattan's east side on second avenue where a marine was attacked right here, slashed in the back and the police suspect
robbery in progress and opens fire on a spigot. plus, a murder mystery. a former college basketball star drafted by the knicks found dead in his suv. standing room only. yale students gather to talk about racial tensions on campus. "today in new york" start now. good morning everyone. it is thursday morning, november 12th. i'm darlene rodriguez. >> i'm michael gargiulo. storm team 4's chris cimino here with the forecast. chris, what's it going to be today? >> not a bad feeling morning out there. we have a few more showers to get through. it will feature a lot of clouds. temperatures in the low 50s. toms river, 52. up against the coast, point pleasant is 55. in the city, at 52. north and west, we're seeing mid and upper 40s. not a huge spread in temperature with that cloud cover. we have a few showers approaching from the west. first a warm front, then a cold front. not continuous rain today. periodic showers. forecasting a high today of 59. then the wind will increase heading into tonight.
little bit. lauren, how are the roads? >> remains nice and green behind me. the tappan zee bridge, we have a 45 mile per hour speed restriction in place due to the weather. take it sees i. things look pretty good on the roads. subways, signal problems are causing downtown q trains to run via the n from dekalb avenue to still well avenue. a suspected robber is in critical condition after being shot by a police officer. two men tried to rob a store and grab money out of the register and wanted to see what was in the safe. that's when an officer who was stopping to get something to eat ended that robbery. the officer shot one of the men. the other was arrested. >> right now a mishap. when somebody point a gun at you, it doesn't feel right.
>> the same store was held up on halloween. just a short distance away in newark, another incident. "today in new york" photographer eddie alonzo is there now. he tells us there's an active police scene at 18th avenue and wine ans avenue. we have report that an off-duty postal worker may have been shot. tracie strahan will be there momentarily and we will update you when we know more. this morning, two new rail tunnels under the hudson river a step closer to becoming reality. funding is secured for the gateway project. according to numg senator cory booker. half of the $20 billion needed to build tunnels will come from federal funds. governors cuomo and christie pledged other half will be paid for by new york and new jersey. also happening today, a hearing by the city council to help commuters in so-called transportation deserts. council is considering 11 bills to help bring mass
city that still need them. among them, allowing metro-north and lirr riders to pay a subway fare if they're traveling within the city limits. right now, if you take a metro-north trip from the bronx down the grand central, it will cost you nearly $9 during peak times. happening now, the witch of november as it's called is moving east across the country. leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. the witch is said to be a phenomenon of powerful low pressure systems that brings along severe winds and storm. in des moines, a tornado was reported. the strong winds toppled trailers at an air national guard base and took down trees and power lines. the same system has dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of colorado. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. what's interesting about colorado, they had like 70-degree weather not long ago and now this
they get a foot of snow and four days later it's 60. no witch, no snow and no severe weather for us. we have to deal with a few showers approaching from the west. that's a big storm in the great lakes. this time of year, they have a series of those. it's called the november witch. doesn't impact us. we are dealing with cloud, low clouds forming across the area. could be drizzle in some spots. we'll watch for it with a warm front approaching us right now. generally in the 40s to 50 right now. afternoon rounds of showers moving in. especially from noon until 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon. then the wind will start to incompetent increase later on today. we climb into the 50s into the afternoon. a high today of 59 degrees. the rest of the seven-day forecast coming up. here's lauren. not much commuter information. because things are moving along nicely on the roads and the rails this morning. if you're getting on the buses, just a few detours. major commuter lines look good, running without delays or
alternate side of the street service changes. more weather and traffic on the 4s. >> lauren, thanks very much. the nypd is investigating the stabbing of a marine that happened on veterans' day. the suspect they're looking for, a man wearing military fatigues. "today in new york's" katherine creag is on the east side where it happened. kat? >> reporter: michael, we just talked with a resident who saw a lot of police officers around here who also said that it's sad that two men who are fighting for this country are also fighting against each other. the marine was stabbed outside of this bar where we are. it was called turtle bay on second avenue near 53rd street. police tell us the ma reap was with a group of friends an an argument began with another group of men wearing what loongd like army fatigues. they're members of military. the marine told them they thought it was wrong they were drinking while in uniform. the fight moved on to second avenue. the marine was slashed with a knife in the back near his shoulder. the men in army fatigues took
off running. a long time res depth we talked with said this. >> that's kind of sad. people that fight for this country and stuff. they resort to that kind of violence amongst each other. >> reporter: the marine remains in bellevue hospital. he is recovering. michael, we did pose the question to the nypd. could it be the suspect is just wearing army fatigues and is not a member of the military but of the police department told us that certainly it is a possibility but detectives according to witness accounts they do strongly believe that the suspect is a serviceman and he's not been arrested at this point. back to you, michael. kat, thank you very much. police are searching for the person who murdered a professional basketball player from new jersey. acting on a tip from police in gloucester, the nypd found the body of 35-year-old michael wright in his suv in brooklyn on tuesday. police say he had a puncture wound in his head and his body was covered with garbage bags.
his death was ruled a homicide yesterday. he was a star forward at the university of arizona and was drafted by the knicks before playing several years overseas. >> never misses class. i had a weird feeling. then i got the phone call. we're all devastated. he was a nice guy. you would talk to him and never think twice he would have an enemy. >> he lived in gloucester with his two daughters. if you're getting behind the wheel, follow the law as always. the nypd is cracking down on dangerous driving. over the next two weeks, there will be more than 1700 officers watching for speeding, failure to yield to pedestrians, distracted driving, also parking in traffic lanes. last week there were pedestrians who were killed by drivers in separate incidents in the city. two men set to be arraigned in manhattan on drug trafficking charges are sparking international intrigue. the dea says they're relatives of venezuela's first lady.
the men were arrested in haiti this week. they were trying to bring 1700 pounds of cocaine to the united states. the u.s. had suspected venezuelan officials in the past of drug trafficking. the opener of the new jersey devils was trying to make up for landing his helicopter right in the middle of a youth soccer game. the game at st. ben dikts prep in newark was about to start. both teams then had to clear the field. the helicopter then landed with josh harris on board. there was a devils game nearby. harris never returned. the soccer game eventually was canceled. >> if he was playing a game and someone stopped the game, devils game, i don't think he would be happy if someone stopped a really good game going on. >> i mean, plenty of places in the area with hello pads. >> they blamed it on poor communication.
the kids will be guests of at a prudential center event. vowing to increase diversity on its campus. hundreds lined up to get into a meeting on race relations at the afro-american cultural center. the meeting hit capacity at 900. hundreds of others were turned away. tensions had been high after a student was turned away from a frat party because it was for white girls only. >> we're vocal. we love to be involved and willing to take a stand for what we believe in. >> the university will outline a diversity plan by thanksgiving. this morning, the demolition process will continue at the site of a deadly house explosion in new jersey. security will be the -- shows the blast blowing the roof off the duplex in elizabeth. the explosion killed a 24-year-old man and injured more than a dozen others, including an 11 year hold child. >> a lot of help.
a lot of stuff. that is scary. very scary. >> knocked out of bed. i didn't know what happened. i didn't know. i came outside. i thought a plane crashed or something. i don't know. >> officials quickly determined it was a natural gas explosion. just what caused the gas buildup is still a mystery. three homes will need to be demolished. families are getting help from the red cross. a man who allegedly stole a greyhound bus out of a bus terminal on the west side will face a judge. they found darius mccollum driving the bus. they showed him a fake police banl. he's been arrested 29 times for posing as a transit worker to steal buses and trains. he allegedly told officers miss next move was to steal a plane. 5:40 now. it's an early holiday present for scientists. the discovery that's causing a major buzz this morning. plus, a scary situation out west. an armed man climbs to the top of a building under
an update on a story we told you about. new video of an active police scene at 18th avenue and winans avenue in newark. he tells us the crime scene is expanding. we're seeing lots of detectives. the essex county prosecutor's office is there as well investigating. we're looking into reports that an off duty postal worker has been shot as we mentioned. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is on the way and we will update you hopefully momentarily when we know more. we don't know exactly what's going on. certainly, a very, very active scene. we'll stay on top of that. we want to take a moment to check weather and traffic. chris cimino is here on this thursday. >> this is day three of cloudy sky. and on and off rain we have to deal with again. nothing particularly heavy. after this, we go into a transition to much more fall-like weather pattern with wind and chillier temperatures. still pretty quiet out there. just a cloudy sky. 51 degrees in the city. which is fairly comfortable to step out into.
even the suburbs, cooler, generally in the 40s. the headlines today, first things first. another round of showers. the wind will increase during the day tomorrow. chilly into the weekend. sunday looks like the more comfortable half of the weekend with temperatures boupsing back into the 50s. saturday will be chilly. may not get out of 40s. a coastal flood advisory for the high tide cycle. all the areas shaded in green, could be minor coastal flooding. a foot and a half to two feet above normal. astronomical high tide. those streets and areas prone to flooding with this type of scenario. 48 in stanford. 48 in fairfield. you get the idea. host of fairfield county in the mid and upper 40s. across long island, close to 40. jersey shore, low to mid-50s. nothing much chillier than that. big storm coming up to the great lakes. a trailing cold front has to swing on through. a weak front forming in central pennsylvania. that's that line of shower activity. we may get a shower out of this in parts of the area this
a lull in the action then. especially from noontime on, a chance for more significant push of showers. here's the first push this morning. that's the warm front. hee comes the cold front. between 1:00 and, let's say, 3:00, 4:00, the best chance of seeing showers. this swings on through this evening with a passing shower north and west of town. after that, clears up nicely. showers will be returning today from west to east. temperatures in the upper 50s this afternoon. upper 50s tomorrow but the transition is to a windier day. wind will increase. 30, maybe even approaching 40 miles per hour in gusts by the end of the day tomorrow. it stays breezy into the weekend. look at saturday's high. only 49 degrees. back to 57 by sunday. that o would tend to be the brighter of the two also. showers scattered around today. ending tonight. brisk tomorrow. 60s next week. by the time we get to tuesday or wednesday, we could very well be back in the mid-60s. not too bad at all. good looking weather. how about the commute, still nice?
this came in on the cross county parkway by the hutch. there is an accident there in the westbound lanes that blocks the right lane. not much of a delay. that's good news. we'll take a live look outside. we'll show you what the roads look like. the holland tunnel on the inbound side. things moving nicely. no delays yet inbound or outbound at the hudson river crossings. here's an update to the issue on the q train right now. this is because of signal problems. earlier, it was downtown trains. now it's uptown trains running on the n line from stillwell to dekalb avenues. you can expect delays in both directions. the next weather and traffic update on the 4s. investigators confirming nine people are dead after a small plane crash in ohio. they say the hawker ainge 25 was two miles from landing. he clipped utility wires and it crashed into an empty apartment building sparking a raging fire. a florida real estate company says search of its employees and two pilots were killed.
no one on the ground was hurt. prosecutors in illinois are going to review cases involving lieutenant joe gliniewicz. authorities say the fox lake officer staged his suicide in september after years of stealing and laundering money from a police youth program. the waukegan news sun says prosecutors are contacting attorneys who had clients who pled guilty or involving cases involving gliniewicz. a gunman climbed to the top of a stand fran fran construction site is now dead after being shot by police. officers say they responded to reports of a gunman near st. luke's hospital yesterday afternoon. they say he robbed a rifle and ammunition from a sporting goods store earlier in the day. a s.w.a.t. team rushed there. >> russia's olympic team has until tomorrow to address charges of illegal doping. yesterday russian president vladimir putin ordered an internal investigation into the scandal. he's promising transparency.
russian athletes are accused of using performance-enhancing drugs at the london games. the olympic committee is threatening to ban them from next year's competition in rio. daily fantasy sports website, fan duels defying on order. it's telling new york customers keep playing despite a cease and desist order from attorney generic schneider man. the games played on that and draft kings are a game of chance and -- they amount to illegal gambling. sports ventures and comcast ventures have invested in fan duel. >> governor cuomo is speeding up access to medical marijuana. a statewide program is supposed to begin in january. that's not soon enough for people who are seriously ill. he signed legislation yesterday and ordered state health officials to create emergency distribution centers for those patients.
cuomo questions whether 20 dispensaries statewide will be enough. the bridge gate scandal, they come in court papers filed by bill baroni and binge et cell i. they're fighting criminal charges for the lane closures on the washington bridge. he claims his computer hard drive was stolen by david wildstein. prosecutors. christie. rockslide causes a crash on the taconic parkway. this morning, there's more inspections being done in the area. a driver couldn't stop in time to avoid this, a large boulder and debris. fell into the roadway in kent. suv. it flipped on its side. the area where the rocks fell that has been secured. a new discovery has the science world talking. astronomers discovered a new planet outside our solar system. it's 39 light years away making
it close enough for scientists. it may have an atmosphere similar to venus and temperatures that can reach 450 degrees. mild by galaxy standards. >> perfect grilling temperature. not living temperature. >> 5:50 right now. who could soon get a free pass to park in new york city soon. we're hearing the monday honeymoon story of a couple who came close to a hungry shark. michaelg4ny and darlene4ny.
welcome back. two new york city councilmen are fighting to give vip parking to expectant moms. david greenfield and donovan richards will let women with difficult or complicated pregnancies have a free pass to park in no standing zones. i similar bill in 2011. it didn't pass after some critics said it could further stigmatize expectant moms. >> you are carrying a human. there's nothing wrong with that. >> absolutely not. >> like it's never been done before. >> if you talk to anyone who has had a baby and been at that last, in that trimester where it's uncomfortable doesn't fully encompass how you feel. >> i'm sure.
>> you really do. you feel -- it's difficult to get around. >> give them a break. >> i'm all about it. >> i'm fine with that. >> i'm in a total agreement with that. i would not want to be in that position. >> we do our best. >> thank you for making us men every day too. after watching women carry around at nine months. upper 50s today. a few scattered showers to deal with. not a big deal with the rain. take along the umbrella. may not need it this morning. at times this afternoon, that's the best chance for showers. leftover showers. otherwise, partly cloudy, cooler but breezy. upper 40s and then the winds start to howl tomorrow and brings in chillier weather by friday night into the weekend. we'll talk more about that in the 6:00 hour. chris, thanks. let's check on the weather with lauren. >> we're having a nice commute so far. an accident on tonnelle avenue northbound after secaucus road in the left lane. there are some delays there. we're going to take a live look at the belt parkway by lefferts boulevard.
jfk airport. it's getting busy there. things are moving nicely. overall roads in fantastic shape heading into 6:00 a.m. lauren, thank you very much. a romantic honeymoon turned into an adventure of a lifetime. video with close encounter of a shark going viral now. there it is. tiffany and spencer, they went shark diving in a cage in south africa last week. we should point out spencer was the one in the cage. tiffany was up top when the great white shark suddenly crashed into it chasing the bait they put out. >> kind of funny to see the different articles out there. extreme diver. like narrowly escapes death. it's funny reading all those things. it didn't seem that dangerous or crazy when it happened. >> that didn't seem that dangerous, darlene? >> i guess not to them. >> tiffany happens to be a
she wished she had been in the cage too so they'd have another angle. >> different couples look for different kinds of honeymoons. >> that's true. >> some want to be on the beach, some want to be in the shark cage in south africa. 5:56. up next at 6:00, we do have an update on several breaking stories we've been following in new jersey. including reports that an off-duty postal worker has been shot. "today in new york's" tracie strahan just arrived on the scene. >> also at 6:00 a.m., chopper 4 targeted with a laser mid flight. new details this morning about the person that police have now in custody. if you're about to head out the door, keep watching. download the "news 4 new york" app right now. we're back in two minutes. you're watching "today in new york."
stargted our own chopper 4 in a dangerous laser. a storm bringing rain to our area right now. "today in new york" starts now. good morning everyone. november 12th. welcome to "today in new york." i'm darlene rodriguez. i'm michael gargiulo. want to check in with storm team 4 chris cimino. fortunately for us, not seeing the extremes that they've seen in colorado and iowa. >> exactly. that storm system weakening considerably. the rain weakening as well. we will get shower activity out of it. couple of round. in the low 50s right now. may get light showers or drizzle with an approaching warm front. upper 40s to the north and west. mid-50s on the jersey shore. the first push of rain working out of eerp pennsylvania. filling in a little bit here. especially northwest new jersey. just to the northwest of the city. shower. showers this afternoon. probably any time from noon on to about 5:00 or 6:00.
55 by 6:00. the breeze will pick up. a high of 59 degrees today. let's see if the commute is getting dicier. >> just a little bit. we have a new accident out there. southbound on merritt parkway before exit 31 north street, there's an accident in the lane there. a bit of a slow ride. once you get past it, things moving nicely. the connecticut turnpike doing well. q trains running on the n lines from stillwell to dekalb avenues. you can expect delays in both treks directions due to signal problems. 6:01 right now. breaking news in newark. a postal worker was shot. it happened at 18th avenue and winans. that's where we find tracie strahan. >> we're about five minutes from the shooting we covered earlier today. now this involves a possible postal police officer. we don't know if he was on duty at this time.
we'll show you video of the active scene here on 18th avenue. the essex county prosecutor's office telling me so far an injury sustained here is nonlife-threatening. the good news, the details scant so far. we're hearing there are two possible police impersonators in a white crown victoria with tinted windows. they pulled that postal police officer to the side and then identified themselves as police officers. we don't know what happened in the meantime. but we are hearing, i should say that that postal police officer was shot. again the essex county prosecutor's office only telling me so far that a nonlife-threatening injury was sustained here near 18th avenue. as you can see over my shoulder, detectives still on the scene. we did spot a shell casing on the ground here. that's according to our photographer who got here very early on in the investigation. but as you can see, it's still ongoing. we'll bring you more details on this as they become available.
>> thank you very much, tracie. as tracie mentioned, it happened not far from another shooting involving a newark police officer. employees at a store say two men tried to rob them. they grabbed money out of the register and then jumped the counter and wanted to see what was in the safe. that's when an officer who was just stopping to get something to eat ended that robbery. the officer shot one of the men. the other man was arrested. >> right now i'm -- when somebody point a gun on you, it doesn't feel right. the same store was robbed on halloween. in another breaking story. american forces involved in a battle to retake a critical iraqi town from isis. the town is sinjar in northern iraq. it's considered to be an important point along the military supply route. we have new video now of kurdish forces towing artillery there.
they're advancing on sinjar. -- they've been under isis control since last august. that's where the christian yazidis tried to outrun the militants rather than face execution. this morning, the project to build new rail tunnels under the hudson river appears to be a step closer. senator cory booker says a deal to have half of the $20 billion needed. governor christie and -- an official announcement is expected later today. happening today, the city council holds a hearing to pick transportation deserts. 11 new bills are considered -- being considered, i should say to help commuters that find it tough to get to or use mass transportation. one idea, allow commuters to pay a fare in the city limits on metro-north and lirr trains. right now, metro-north trip from the bronx to grand central costs nearly $9 during peak times. as mentioned, you're still
so much more expensive. there are neighborhoods that don't have sub sways, you take the throgs neck, co-op city. several areas in the boroughs. if. >> they can get to the metro-north station, an affordable ride in the city. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. want to check in with chris cimino. chris, you said we've had three days of this grayness. >> i think we're going to break out of this eventually. >> let's do that. >> not today. but by tomorrow we'll have a brighter day. a lot of low clouds around. could be spotty mist or drizzle and a couple of scattered showers west of the city. during the afternoon, showers will come on through. nothing exceptionally heavy. this is a day where you'll need the umbrella from time to time. the wind will increase later on today, especially tonight into tomorrow. we've been holding in the low 60s. no rains of consequence yet.
a high in the upper 50s. rest of the seven-day outlook coming up. the latest on the commute, here's lauren. >> i was talking about an incident on the q train. normal service resumed. expect delays in brooklyn. but it's operating on the regular line again. if you're going out the door to tonnelle avenue, an accident before route 3 in the left lane. delays back to county road. the rk triboro bridge, a -- on that leg there. blocks two lanes. another thing to take note of. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect. more weather and traffic on the 4s. thank you lauren. we know who police say targeted chopper 4 with a laser. ba"today in new york's" kerry barrett is in the newsroom with arrest. kerry? >> michael, 20-year-old silva from brooklyn was arrested and charged with two counts of reckless endangerment. police say he pointed a laser at
hit our chopper reporter dennis prosko. >> let's look at the details. >> don't look at it. they just did it again. >> last night while 1500 feet in the air over brooklyn our chopper pilot was hit with that laser that you just saw. then the nypd chopper was hit when it went to investigate. and the faa says there was another news dhoper also hit last night near newark airport. it's so dangerous. the lasers can easily temporarily blind a pilot. luckily, dennis wasn't affected and was able to lead police to the suspect and rolled tape as they were taken away. apparently they were hanging outside a health food restaurant in prospect heights. what's worse, they look like they were laughing as they shot this laser. this isn't funny. >> we're talking about a helicopter that weighs almost 2 tons. imagine that coming down on your house because the pilot's vision
is impaired. even more serious if it was a jetliner. >> certainly jetline have been rgeted. a spirit airlines plane was targeted on monday night. there were more than 100 incidents ofthasers being flashed at planes in the tri-state area last year. more than 3800, i believe, nationwide. of course, the faa is investigating. michael? kerry, thank you very much. 6:08 right now. those who lost loved one this is the flight 587 tra dy will gather in a memorial service in bell harbor. that's where the jet bound for the dominican republic came down 14 years ago. 265 people were killed in that crash. a fire on the ground. mayor de blasio sparked controversy by arriving late to last year's service. we will show you today's observance on news 4 at noon. three homes need to be demolished following that deadly explosion. the demolition process under way.
we want to show you security video from a tearby business. it shows the blast blowing the roof off the duplex. you can see the debris flying into the air. explosion killed a 24-year-old man and injured more than a dozen others. among them, an 11-year-old ch, ild. city officials say it's a gas leak that's to blame. wayne shepherd who lives next to the home that exploded. he says he smelled gas last night. he checked the house, the smell wept away. >> watching this and listen to this. if you smell gas, it may be nothing but it's better to find out it's nothing than like this. >>yo other neighbors also said that they smelled gas since tuesday. families lost their homes, they're getting help from the red cross. it's 6:09 right now. in t money report, app p wants to change the way you pay. landon dowdy joins us with more. >> good morning to you as well.
days to create a person to person mobile payment service. it could compete with another app. the service lets users transfer money from checking accounts and litkely be linked to apple pay. it could launch the service sometime next year. walmart unveils black friday plans it will offer the same door buster deals online and at the stores. start ago the 3:00 a.m. eastern time on thanksgiving and at stores at 6:00.m. it will roll out the deals at the same time instead of spreading them out for limited times throughout the day. you can check out the black friday deals on walmart's app. i have the app here. so we can decide what to do tell michael what w fwant for christmas. >> the star wars light saber is my personal favorite. >> i could go for a light saber. i think that would be cool. >> going straight to the website and say money it no object. landon and darlene. >> he's been trained well.
>> i just need your credit card info. >> thanks, landon. thank you. still ahead on "today in new york," a driver forced to dodge falling rocks on one much our busiest parkways. ziefrnl the ziefrnl. the man who survived inside a collapsed building for three hours. more weather and traffic on the 4s coming up. you're watching "today in new
back now on a thursday morning. four things to know this morning. breaking news. a very active scene in newark at 18th avenue and winans avenue. an off-duty postal police officer has been shot. nasa will offer its take on what carbon emissions are doing to the earth. the briefing will present new findings from nasa's first space mission to measure carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.
recall for these boys' winter jackets. they're made by richie house and sold on zoo lily.com. they can be be caught in doors d on the ground. the majority in the bronx, the rest in manhattan. 6:14 right now. time for a check of weather and traffic on the 4s. check on storm team 4's chris cimino. people be checking the weather. be able to do it anywhere. they will not be able to get away from you. >> i know that feeling. when you're underground, you don't know what's going on outside. meantime for us, if you are aboveground, you'll be dealing with rounds of showers from time to time. nothing particularly heavy but a day where sometimes it's over yoleur head and sometimes at your side. chilly into the weekend. sunday it looks like the nicer half in terms of at least less wind and a temperature bouncing back a little bit. we also are concerned for coastal flooding. minor coasting flooding at times
it could bring a foot and a half, two feet astronomical high tides. you know the air yars prone, barks bay areas. that could be an issue early on this morning. upper 50 az, cooler hampton bays. 52 in valley steam. in the city, 50s. north and west, mainly upper 40s. everybody socked in with clouds. you can see that with the bright white area. big storm by the great lakes. won't be impacted by that. the warm front that we have to get through, the finger of moisture across pennsylvania. that's the warm front coming this morning. along that a couple of showers north and west of the city. we run the risk of seeing one or two. then this afternoon, we see a better chance of getting into a few spripg ls or showers. early on, mainly light. the main push comes this afternoon. between noon and 3:00 or 4:00 in the afternoon. one more round of showers in the evening hours.
that looks to be primarily north and west. the skies clear on out overnight. more sunshine tomorrow. what you can't see is a gust i northwest wind that takes hold. the showers make their return today. high temperature in the upper 50s. heading out to the stadium. bills and jets, rex ryan in town against the jets. 52 degrees with a chilly breeze. if you're headed out, bundle up. it will feel chillier. an increasing wind out of the northwest that's going to stick around into saturday. saturday's high 49. upper 50s with less wind on sunday. little more sunshine too. next week looks fantastic. 63 tuesday. 65 by wednesday. let's get the latest. deeper to the commute we go. we have a new subway problem. delays on uptown 2 and 3 trains. that's the only issue on the rails. if you're getting on the roads. we have an accident northbound on the van wyck expressway by hillside avenue. it's causing delays.
heavy delays on the bqe headed westbound because of a disabled vehicle. heading up to the tripour owe bridge. a disabled vehicle there as well. shuts down two lanes. a live look outside. we're going to go back to the bqe here. this is headed eastbound into the brooklyn bridge. it's a bit of a slow ride this morning. not as heavy as usual. usually it looks like a parking lot. there's residual dee lags from the earlier construction. the next update on the 4s. lauren, thank you. 6:18 right now. russian president putin pledges to get to the bottom of the doping scandal. he called for a transparent internal investigation. this comes after russia was accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in in the games. they're threatening to suspend russia from next year's games in rio. extra inspections on the taconic parkway. it follows a dangerous rockslide.
a driver couldn't stop in time to avoid a large boulder and debris. it fell into the roadway in kent. he lost control his suv and if it flipped on its side. the area where the rocks fell has been secured. a construction worker who was seriously injured in a deadly manhattan building collapse is now opening up about the tragedy. cairo garcia says he and 18 trapped inside the building when it collapsed two weeks ago. one was killed. garcia says the floor was not strong enough to hold the falling debris. he is unable to walk at this time. 6:19 right now. today this man is going to receive our nation's highest military award from president obama. he is former army captain row ber. the standout college runner, he's being awarded the medal of honor. in afghanistan, the captain sprinted towards and tackled a terrorist who was about to kill some american officials. he took the impacts of the bomb
one of his legs. remarkable story how he was born in france, emigrated to this country, became a standout college sprinter and decided to serve his country. was sent to afghanistan several times and earned the medal of honor. >> he is a hero. 6:19. still head on "today in new york." a rediscovery in our solar system that some scientists say may be the most important one ever. don't forget to follow the universe of the "today in new york" team on facebook and twitter and instagram. all our planets that are
some scientists are calling this the most important one ever found actually outside our solar system. the planet revolves around a star that's about a fifth of the size of our sun. it's believed to have an atmosphere similar to venus. but scientists, they're excited because of how close it is to earth. it's still 39 light years away. it's close enough to be studied in detail by a telescope. that's an artist's rendition of ha it looks like. i drew that. >> beautiful. >> a little different through an actual telescope. it's about 450 degrees there all the time. >> toast some -- >> 450 is a little high. maybe we can work something out. >> it's a dry heat. >> as they say. >> it really is. nothing dry today. we've got a lot of threat of at least of showers throughout the day. everybody gets wet at some point in time rain and drizzle around here and there. not continuous. upper 50s. the breeze picks up tonight.
but that starts to dry things out and the sky turns partly cloudy. a low in the upper 40s. feeling chillier with the breeze. shot of some pretty cold air briefly. about a day and a half. by sunday, back into the upper 50s again. we're going to stretch that out as far into november or december even if we could, right, lauren? >> absolutely. i have an update for people taking the bqe. a disabled vehicle heading westbound by the meeker morgan avenue exit. it's further north of there. it's right after the l.i.e. two lanes shut down. delays back to queens boulevard almost now. leave yourself time there. heading outside we'll show you the lincoln tunnel. about a 15-minute wait to the tolls here. ten minutes at the holland. five minutes or less at the george washington bridge. crossings. up next, the latest on that breaking news out of newark. >> reporter: detectives are investigating reports of possible police impersonators
we're live in newark with the details with the latest on what's happening behind me coming up. i'm katherine creag live on manhattan's seaside where a marine is attacked. he's slashed in the back and police believe the person who did it, another member of the military. we'll have the latest coming up. if you're heading out the door, take us with you. keep watching "today in new york." download the "news 4 new york" app on your mobile device right now. we'll be right back. find over 1,000 special stories at hospital for special surgery.
/` breaking news in newark. we're live at an active crime scene. we're hearing a postal police officer has been shot. >> also breaking now. two would-be robbers stop cold when an officer walks in on a crime in progress and opens fire. the search is on for the man wearing fatigues. accused of attacking a marine with a knife. "today in new york" starts now. it's 6:30 now. i'm darlene rodriguez. let's check in on chris cimino look ago the weather. >> not an inspiring looking day.
there, mist or drizzle in spots. delaware water gap. the cooler numbers upper 40s. most of long island, 40s. 54 in long branch. not a lot of rain nearby. light showers showing up in eastern pennsylvania. about to hop into warren county, morris county in the next half hour to 45 minutes. so we could see a few showers scattered around this morning and another round this afternoon. take along the umbrella. not a continuous rain. but on and off showers. nothing particularly heavy. forecasting a high of 59 degrees. changes down the road. we'll get to that in a little bit. lauren scala, let's see the latest on the commute. >> good morning every everyone the only subway issues is delays on uptown 2 and 3 trains. that's due to track maintenance. a live look at the garden state parkway. not moving. there is an accident just north of exit 135. central avenue. all lanes are blocked. the shoulder may be getting by. but delays are building quickly out here. i will keep a close eye on this.
we'll have more weather and trafilfic on the 4s. >> lauren, thank you. 6:30 on this thursday morning. breaking news in newark. police investigating an incident where a postal police officer may have been shot. officers are at 18th avenue and winans avenue. "today in new york's" tracie strahan is live on the scene with the latest. tracie, what's happening? >> reporter: detectives have been casing this area looking for any specific evidence that could point them to the suspects we're hearing are on the run. we're hearing this is a case, darlene of police impersonators. a couple of people who represented themselves as police officers and even wearing uniforms. show you video of the active crime scene. there's a wide perimeter blocked off in the process. the essex county prosecutor's office will only tell me that the injury sustained is not life-threatening. we don't know if it was in fact a gunshot wound. two people in a white crown victoria and tinted windows and a spotlight on the driver's side
pulled over an off-duty postal police officer. told that person they were police officers and then shot that person. again, that's something that's not confirmed right now. detectives still casing this entire area. we see them on the street right now taking notes on things, darlene. again, we're working to confirm reports that police are on the hunt for two police impersonated day tors here in newark on 18th and winans avenue. we'll bring you more details from the prosecutor's office as we get them. >> an active scene there. tracie, thank you. less than two miles away also in newark, another story tracie was covering. a police officer interrupted a robbery. employees at a sunoco gas station say two men grabbed money and jumped over-the-counter, demanded the key to the safe. an officer stopping to get something to eat walked in on the whole thing. he shot one of the robbers and arrested the other. we just checked. that one suspect is listed in critical condition. happening today, a man who allegedly stole a grey mound bus out of port authority bus terminal on the west side is
going to face a judge. police say they found darius mccollum driving the empty bus in brooklyn yesterday. he was shown a fake police badge. he's been arrested 29 times for posting as a transit worker to steal buses and trains. he allegedly told the officers his next move was to steal a plane. >> right now, the witch of november as it's called is pushing through the great lakes leaving a trail of destruction. the witch is now a powerful low pressure system that brings along severe winds and storms. in des moines, and in other areas tornadoes have been reported. the strong winds also turned over trailers at an air national guard base in iowa and took down trees and power lines. the sail system dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of colorado. coming up on 6:34. time for weather and traffic on the 4s. look at the scene from colorado. it looks like the middle of january, right? >> it does. >> can't believe it's november.
>> they can get early snowfall. i've seen snow in late september there. it's elevation there. all of that nasty weather out to the west of those videos, none of that is heading our way. we will get a few showers from that system. eventually some wind. most of us this morning are in the 40s and low 50s. low clouds out there. saw some fog and mist in a couple of spots. it's really that low cloud cover that's hanging overhead. afte oon rounds of showers. could be an early shower especially north and west. the best chance is for the afternoon. the wind will increase into the evening hours. we've been holding steady all morning in the low 50s with that low deck of clouds. it stays gray all day. 56 at noon showers likely. same thing 3:00 in the upper 50s. back to some sunshine. chillier temperatures. we'll talk about that in a little bit. let's talk commute with lauren. >> for my new jersey commuters, the garden state parkway is shut down. on the northbound side of the roadway. you can see cars just crawling into this area. keep a close ian thate
certainly the spot to avoid. we have a few other problems on that. the cross county parkway, after the hutch, that's in the right lane. delays are growing there. heading to the bqe westbound after the l.i.e. this shuts down two lanes. slow ride back past queens boulevard and one other accident on the van wyck expressway by hillside. alternate side of the street parking rules in effect and next update on the 4s. 6:35 now. police are looking for men wearing fatigues. investigators say they attacked a marine on veterans' day. kat cat is on the east side whceere this happened. the suspects dressed in what they called battle dressed unngiforms. >> reporter: indeed. the marine attacked on the siwalk a few feet from where we're standing. there were a lot of police officers outside of this bar. inside as well. detectives all over the place. we want to show you this video in the aftermath of the attack. a marine, according to the nypd
was stabbed on the sidewalk outside of the bar called turtle bay on second avenue and 53rd street. police tell us that 35-year-old marine was with a group of friends and an argument began with another group of men wearing what looked like army fatigues. police believe the suspect is a serviceman. we're told the marine told them he thought it was wrong. that they were drinking while in uniform. the fight moved on to second avenue and the marine was slashed with a knife. in the back near his shoulder. the men in army fatigues took off runncrg. we talked with people in this area last night. they said this. >> a lot of problems here. right? i didn't know what happened. >> it was shocking to me because it never happens around here in this area. it never does. as you can see, it's like a business area too. >> reporter: and the marine remains in bellevue hospital. we're told he's recovering. he's doing all right and michael, we've been talking about this. we had to double-check with the nypd could the suspect be wearing fatigues and not be a soldier at all.
the nypd said it's certainly possible. but detectives strongly believe, based on interviews they did with the witness that is this suspect is a member of the military. this person still out there somewhere. back to you. >> kat, thank you very much. police are now searching for the person who murdered a professional basketball player from new jersey. acting on a tip from police in gloucester, the nypd found the pod i of 35-year-old michael wright in his suv in brooklyn on tuesday. he had a puncture wound in his head and his body covered with garbage bags. his death was ruled a homicide. he was a star forward at the university of arizona and was drafted by the knicks before playing several years overseas. >> never misses class. i had some weird eling. then i got the phone call. we're all devastated. he was just a nice guy. you would talk to him and never even think twice that he would have an enemy. >> wright lived there with his two dacohters.
in the next two weeks, yale university says it plans to outline initiative to improve diversity on campus. re than a thousand students and faculty marched through the streets of new haven to shed light on racial tensions at the ivy alaglu university. conversation on race relations continued last night with an event called a moment of crisis. race at yale. tensions have been high at whe university after a student says she was turned away from a frat party because it was advertised as fdi white girls only. >> the owner of the new jersey devils landed his helicopter in the middle of a soccer field. the game was aboutato start on sunday when both teams were told to clear the field. that's when the chopper landed with josh harris on board. there was a devils game at the nearby prudential center. harris never returned and the soccer game was eventually canceled. >> if like he was playing a game and someone stopped like the game of the devils game, i don't
think he would be happy if someone stopped like a really good game goit ngfon. >> i mean, there's plenty of places that have held i pads. >> the chopper lands at that school all the time and blame it on poor communication. the two teams will be guests at an upcoming prudential center event. daily fantasy sports websit fan due the ceo is telling the new york customers to keep playing. the a.g.'s office says the games played on draft kings and fan duel, another website are illegal here in new york because thdy're games of chance, not skill. nbc sports ventures and comcast ventures have invested in fan duel. govenor cuomo wanes critically ill workers to get access to medical marijuana. it directs state health officials to set up an emergency distribution system.
supposed to be available until next year. cuomo is questioning whether the current plan for 2020 sites statewide will be enough. being pregnant and getting around new york city isn't easy. but vip parking could make life a little easier. this week, councilman david greenfield and donovan richards introduced a bill letting women with difficult or complicated pregnancies a free pass to park in no parking or no standing zones. similar bill was actually introduced in 2011o itgh didn't pass, though, after some critics said it could furtrehe. stigmatize in their view ex peck rck tapt mothers. > do you love trees in the city. aron you can e-mail them. they're trying to create e-mail dressesifor 200 trees. the goal is to deepen public engagement with the trees. believe it or not, it's been done before in australia. the bill now goes to the coiauncil's parks committee for consideration. >> going to e-mail the tree?
party on, people. blinds to go's 60th anniversary sale is back... plus 1! celebrate when you buy one get one at half price off the entire store. blinds. shades. sunscreens. the entire store! 'cause the older we get, the more you save. that's just how we roll. blinds to go. blinds for life. live look at times square coming to life right now on this thursday morning. >> uh-huh. never really quite dead, though, right? >> never -- >> 6:44. as a true new yorker. we understand what michael means. when you're coming in, in the morning, it's a little quiet. >> we call that the simmering of times square early in the morning.
>> but it's more interesting. >> well, to say the least. that's why we like to drive through and not walk through. roads are dry right now. a low ceiling out there. be aware of that. visibility issues in parts of the area. showers, they're on the way. take the umbrella with you each though you may not need it early on this morning. temperatures low 50s. 52 degrees in the city. headlines, another round of showers coming our way. this should be the last one for a while. we hit a quiet pattern the next several days beyond this. windy and chilly weather follows latter half of the day. sunday looks to be the better half of the weekend with sunshine and milder temperatures and less wind. a lot of low 50s. emerson same thing. armonk is 49. massapequa at 50 degrees. everybody give or take a few degrees. north, south, east and west. a coastal flood advisory for the morning high tide cycle. tides of 1.5 to 2 feet above the normal astronomical high tide.
could cause flooding in those air yeas. you know who you are. big storm going up through the midwest. but it's going oup through the great lakes and missing us. we have to deal with the trailing cold front. that's weakening somewhat. the area of moisture you see here. it's moving into northwest new jersey. morris county shortly. but light in nature. that's the way it will be this morning. this afternoon another round. 9:00, 10:00 in the morning. a lot of it passes to the northwest of the city. we can't rule out seeing a shower in town as well. then the next push comes in probably by 11:30, 12:00. moves on through across long island 2:00, 3:00 in the afternoon. the last spoke of showers across northeast p.a. in the evening. north of the city. and then we're back into the clear later tonight and back into the sunshine tomorrow. but a strong gusty wind. upper 50s this afternoon. still above normal for the south, southwest wind at 10 to 20 miles an hour. generally 50s to the north and west.
49 the low in the city. low 40s to the north and west. big game tonight. jet at met life stadium against the bills. first time rex ryan in town. 52 degrees kickoff temperature. it will be a breezy night for a game. no rain anticipated. just bundle up as the temperatures drop. 57 tomorrow. a brisk day but only 49 on saturday. wind as well. into the 60s next week. there's a possibility somewhere around wednesday next week or thursday, 70s not out of the question. we'll talk more about that when we get there. let's talk about the commute. more red showing up. >> do we have to? a lot of changing colors on the map. things are slowing down and a couple of accidents. one in hope, new jersey on route 80 eastbound by exit 12. that blocks a lane. a bit slow through here. really slow going on the garden state parkway. an accident after exit 135. one lane is open. i'm going to show you based on our traffic. those delays go back for miles
past the service area. almost back to exit 132. avoid the garden state parkway if you can. fruk route 1 and 9 northbound. a disabled vehicle. heavy through here. if you're headed to the hudson river crossings. 20 minutes the upper level of the george washington bridge. 40 minutes inbound at the lincoln. only ten from route 1 and 9. that's the way to go. if you can get past that disabled truck, that probably has something 20 do with it. last but not least, the accident on the van wyck expressway, delays back to the belt. back to you, michael. 6:48 now. target says they're going to continue to sell their new christmas sweaters despite the backlash. take a look at the sweater. it reads ocd, obsessive christmas disorder. some people that sweater trivializes the anxiety disorder obsessive compulsive disorder, it's been on sale on stores and online since last month.
as the starbucks holiday cup controversy continues to brew, dunkin' donuts is unveiling a christmas themed cup. it doesn't say merry christmas, but it includes the word joy surrounded by a wreath. the holiday design is being praised on social media. this comes after many christians criticize the plain red starbucks holiday cup because it lacks any sort of holiday greeting at all. 6:49 now. still ahead, have you had a long week, are you feel a little down? grab your credit card. dr. gargiulo's advice. it may be what the real doctors order. >> doctor is in. don't forget. follow us on facebook and twitter and instagram. michaelg4ny
>> terribly rough. i'm not. >> if you're having a rough morning. a little shopping may be in order. >> it's okay. because this is based on science. psychologists at the cleveland clinic say shopping it enjoyable, it appeals to the senses. retail therapy doesn't always mean swiping your card. window shopping can produce delightful brain chemistry. darlene is like no, you got to act on that. it's all about thinking about of the possibilities. >> i'm all about it, i'm all for it. the "today" show is coming nup a few minutes. we'll check in with matt and savannah. talking about shopping. i'm constantly spending michael's money and forcing him to shop and purchase things. >> like what? >> watches, cars. >> really? wow. okay. >> we are on to something here. i could be spending matt as money? >> he doesn't buy anything for me. you know. >> right. >> for himself. >> you should spend matt's money. >> guys, good to see you.
coming up on a thursday, we're tracking the severe storms that are racing across the country. they're producing tornadoes, heavy rain, snow and near hurricane-force winds. al is going to be talking about that. >> also ahead, guys, a new concern over flu shots this morning. if you get one every year, does that make this year's vaccine less effective? there's been a lot of headlines about that. we're going to sort it out. >> with 38 states down and a dozen more to go, al is entering the homestretch of rokerthon 2. we'll check in with him and have much more ahead on a thursday morning here on "today." michael and darlene, back to you. >> 12 states left to go. >> yes, sir. >> he's going to get it done. looking forward to it. >> all right. looking forward to it. thanks so much. up next, we have the breaking news in newark. we'll have a live report on the possible shooting. you see live pictures on the scene. shooting of a postal police officer.
welcome back. we're following breaking news in newark. >> "today in new york's" tracie strahan is on the scene of a possible shooting. tracie? >> reporter: right now detectives here on winans avenue have out the flashlights. we're hearing they're looking for police impersonators who allegedly shot a postal police officer. we'll show you the area blocked off for this police investigation. they're looking for impersonators in a white crown
we don't know what time it happened. but they pulled over that police officer, identified themselves as police officers and shot that person and right now, the essex county prosecutor's office only confirming to me that a nonlife-threatening injury was sustained here. back to you. >> tracie, thank you. now to katherine creag in the search for the men who a taktd a marine. kat? >> reporter: that marine was slashed in the back. police believe the person who did it, another member of the military. it was about 7:45 in the evening inside this bar where we are, turtle bay, on second avenue and 53rd street. police tell us the 35-year-old marine told a group of men wearing army fatigues or what looked like an army uniform that it was wrong they were drinking while in uniform. that's where the marine was attacked. it's in the hospital right now. police are still looking for the suspect. back to you. >> kat, thanks very much. want to check in with lauren. find out what's happening. garden state parkway, a big mess.
we have an accident there. i'll show you the delays. this is heading northbound after exit 135. three lanes are blocked. if you look at the flows here. delays back to exit 131. this is a huge delay on the garden state parkway. this is the spot to avoid. if you want to head to the turnpike or route 1 moving much better. route 80 an accident eastbound by exit 12. and hope causing delays. otherwise, roads are okay. thank you lauren. chris, another check of the weather. >> we have showers to get through. the big storm in the great lakes. cold front/warm front combination. northwest kmuj new jersey, we could see a shower. generally light and a better chance of showers this afternoon into the early evening hours. those will dissipate. it gets windy tonight as it clears up. upper 50s tomorrow with a mix of clouds and sun. could see gusts tomorrow by the end of the day approaching 40 miles per hour. saturday, chilly one. only upper 40s for a high. lots of clouds, gusty wind throughout. some sunshine at times.